The Improving Mental Health Access for Students Act (S 1782 / HR 3192, 116th Congress) calls for the addition of suicide prevention resources to student identification cards by amending the Higher Education Act of 1965. Specifically, all school identification cards would be required to carry phone contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Crisis Text Line, and a relevant campus mental health center. These provisions would be required to take effect within one year of the Act’s enactment.
According to a USA Today article, the suicide rate was up 70% between 2006 and 2016 for white youth between ten and seventeen years of age. Over the same time frame, the suicide rate among black youth was up 77%. This Act represents one legislative effort to bolster mental health and suicide prevention services among youth.